How to Achieve a Long-term Goal with Small Rewards

Sticking to goals can be hard, sticking to long-term goals – harder. Use the system described in this article, a mix of gamification, achievements, and rewarding, to achieve these elusive goals of yours and be successful.

How you ever faced a long-term goal that you know you should stick to? Are you one of these people that are easy to get enthusiastic in the beginning but lose steam along the line? Well, I am one of these people and I am facing a long-term (4 year) project that I have to finish.

In this article, I will describe my approach to the situation – a mix of motivational techniques and experience in video games. Ever since I learned about Gamification, I have been using it a lot in my life. Gamification teaches us how to gamify our daily tasks in order to stick to the end goal (the max level in MMORPG games).

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Care More About Less

Caring is our greatest trait, but modern life exploits it with news, gossip, problems, and clever product placement. This article teaches you how to care more about less, by reviewing and evaluating the important parts of your life where you want to spend your Care tokens.

Humans are caring animals. Most of you will stop and take care of a person who has fallen, or a bird that is trapped, or a puppy that is lost. Care has turned humans from groups of animals into societies. It has given us the power to unite (and separate), to achieve great things (and suffer huge failures). The modern life exploits this trait of ours, to force us into brand-loyalty, consumerism. This also causes more stress in our lives and generally makes us unhappy.

The answer, however, is not only to care less, it is to care more … about less. Review the things in your life you care about and rank and evaluate them. Imagine that you only have 6 care tokens a day. Do you want to spend them on Prince X and Princess M’s wedding news? On the turmoil in Country Z? Or on your family and kids?

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Frustration-free Morning Routine

Frustration-free morning routine is the perfect sequence of activities in the morning that take care of all your needs and set you on a happy, smiling, and successful path for the rest of the day.

I have been experimenting and defining my frustration-fee morning routine for a lot of years and in this article, I’ve shared what works for me. I urge you to go ahead and experiment with your morning routine and turn it into a frustration-free experience. Continue reading “Frustration-free Morning Routine”

How to Approach a New Direct Manager

Approach changes in leadership, like having a new direct manager, with anticipation and excitement, learn to see the opportunities, and prepare for the best possible outcome.

Getting a new direct manager is a situation that all of you have experienced, or will experience in the future. It can be intimidating and even scary but it does not have to be that way. Actually, it is an opportunity for a fresh start and to change or reinvent some of the processes that did not work well in the past.

This article describes a toolbox for approaching a change in leadership with excitement, anticipation, and deliberation. It can be used in various situations, for example when you start a new job, when you move to a new organization within your current employer, or when you get a new direct manager after organizational changes. It is based on my experience over the years facing numerous such occasions.

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How to Get the Most of a Mid-winter Vacation

You do not want to worry about your job or the future. You do not want to sink in the past. Just focus your mind on the present and be on vacation.

This year for the first time I took a mid-winter vacation and I spent it in the south on the beach (not skiing like my husband wanted). In this article, I share my tips on getting the most of your vacation with or without a child.

We all live busy, stressful lives, running between home, the kindergarten, school, and work. We all dream about the upcoming vacation. And we all fail to relax because we keep our busy lives with us. Does that sound familiar? If yes, read further.

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